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Comfort in what you Want; since you have God's love, you shall not want.—Comfort in what you sear; You need sear no evil.—Comfort in what you do; All your services will be accepted; all your sins pardoned, tho' he should take vengeance on your inventions.—Comfort in what you suffer; you mall be sullained and supported; and though you may suffer the loss of gists, goods, liberty, lise, yet you cannot lose God, Christ, the Spirit, grace, hearen, or God's everlasting love. O go
away with the comfortable sense of his distinguishing love!
In a word, Are you lovers of God? O go away rejoicing in it, that he sirst loved you; he is not behind hand with you; "Be loved you besore you loved him." Yon were elected by the grace of God from eternity; you were redeemed by the blood of Christ, you are certainly effectually called; "For they• that lovs him, are the called according to his purpose;" and the day comes, when you shall enjoy the object of your love in a sull manner. If you be true lovers of Christ, I certisy you, the time is coming, when you shall see Christ as he is* and be for ever with the Lord, and enjoy him for ever, more; and love without decay, and love without wearying shall be your everlasting exercise: you shall rejoice in an immediate enjoyment of him. You were upon his heart from eternity; you are upon his heart this day in heaven; for you his eternal Son came to the world; for you he lived, for you he died; your love to Christ is a reflx of his and his Father's love to you; and there is not a true lover of Christ here, but hath as good ground to. say as ever Paul had, " He loved me, and gave himself for me." Your love to him is an insallible pledge of his ancient love to you, a pledge of his present love to you, and a pledge of the suture enjoyment of him. O let your heart, and lise, and tongue, and all that is within you, and about you, vent love to him, and say, "We love him, because he sirst loved us I"
SERMON SERMON XIX\
The MiLtTANT*s Song; or, the Belie* 'ver's Exercise While here below.
Psalm ci. ii / >Ktll Jing os mercy and judgment: unto tbee, 0 Lord, will
ItiOPft, the subject; I aril here in providence directed to, will natively lead us, is the Lord bless it, to a fuitable exercise upon a thanksgiving-day after a communion; even with gratitude of soul to sing the praises of a God in Chri'l, and that whether we have met with a smile or a frown from heaven, or both, at this occasion. If any here have got a smile, or found him to be a smiling and a present God, they may sing of mercy; is any here have got a frown, or found him to be a hiding God, they may sing of judgment; or, is any here have got both a smile and a frown, they may sing of both, and say, "I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O Lord, will I sing."
The words contain the Psalmist's holy resolution to praise and glorisy God for all his dispensations towards him, now that he was advanced to the kingdom of Israel; and in them you may shortly notice, i, The sweet, work that is resolved upon, namely, To sing. 2. The sweet singer that thus resolves, namely, David;
* This sertnon was preached at Carnock, on Monday, July 1723, being a thanksgiving day, immediately aster the celebration 0$ the sacrament of the Lord's supper there.
"I will sing." 3. The sweet subject of the song, namely, mercy and judgment. 4. The sweet object of this praise, and the manner in which he would sing it; Unto Thee, O Lord, will I ling."
1. The sweet work that is resolved upon, namely, to sing. It is the work of heaven, and a very sit work after a communion, to sing a song ot praise to God, in the manner which we may afterwards explain.
2. The sweet linger; " I will sing." The tit'e os the psalm shews it was David's, the man after G( d's own heart; the man anointed by the God of Jacob, aud the sweet psajmist of Israel; for so he is called, 2 Sam. xxiii. 1.
- 3. The sweet subject of the song, or the matter of it, namely, mercy and judgment. God's work towards his people is chequered work; a mixture of mercy and judgment: and when he exercises us with both, it is our duty to sing of both, and to be suitably r.ffected with both; whether our circumstances be joyful or sorrowsul, still we must give glory to God; and, in every thing give thanks: neither the laughter of a prosperous condition, nor the tears of an affl'cted condition mull put us out'of tune for the sacred longs of praise.
4. The sweet object of this praise, and the manner in which he resolves to sing it, "Unto Tiilk, O Lord, will I sing." It is in the moil solemn manner that he addresses the Lord Jehovah, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and dedicates his song to the praise of a God in Christ; "Unto Thee, O Lord, will I sing." But I reser the surther explication to the prosecution of a doctrine from the words.
Observ. That, as tha people of God hath both mercy and judgment in their lot in this world; so, from both they may have matter of a song of praise unto God.
They have occasion in this world to sing both of mercy and judgment. We sind the psalmist frequently singing both of mercy and judgment; as Psalm xxx. 6,-9. Psalm xlii. 7. ix. You have an -elegant des
scription criptioti of the lot of God's people, while here, as con listing both of mercy and judgment, and so affording occasion to sing of both, z Corinth, vi. 8, 9, 10.; where you will see the blink and the shower; the mercies and judgments that are in their lot; how God hath set the one over against the other; by honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report, &.c. Thus they have occasion to sing both of mercies and crosses, while they sind the Lord supporting them under trials, and remembring mercy in the midst of wrath, and making all things work together for good to them; "I will sing of mercy and judgment; unto thee, O Lord, will I sing." Tue Chaldee paraphrase of this text is remarkable, and suitable to the doctrine I have railed from it, namely, it is as is the psalmist had said, 'If thou 'bestowest mercies upon me; or is thou bringest any 4 judgment upon me; besore thee, O Lord, will I sing 'my hymn for all.'
The method I propose, for prosecuting this doctrine, through divine aid, is the following.
I. I would speak a little of the mercies that the people of.God meet with; and what it is in these that affords them matter of a song of praise.
II. I would speak a little of the judgments they are tristed with; and what it is in judgment that may be matter of a long of praise to God.
III. What this singing imports; and how we are to sing of mercy and judgment: where we may notice what is imported in the Psalmist's resolution, and the manner of expressing it; "I will sing of mercy and judgment; unto thee, O Lord, will I sing."
IV. Why it is so ordered of the Lord, that his people are made to sing, both of mercy, and of judgment.
V. Draw some inserences for the application.
I. I am sirst to speak a little of mercy, os which they ought to sing; and here I would shew, 1. What this mercy is; and, 2. What it is in mercy that may be matter of a song, or afford ground of singing.
E a 1st, What
ist, What this mercy is. Mercy, in God, signisies a propensity or readiness of mind to help and succour fuch as are in misery: and it carries in it an inward commotion and moving of bowels, as God says of Ephraim, "My bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him," Jer. xxxi. 20. God, to accomodate himself to our capacity, speaks after the manner of man, ascribing human afsections to himself. I might here speak of the general mercy of God towards all, both just and unjust: for, " He is good to all, and his tender mercies are over all his works," Ps. cxlv. 9. He makes his sun to shine, and his rain to sall upon good and bad: and all should sing of his mercy, is it were no more but for lise, and health, and strength from him. There are some common gists that all men have from him, and sume common graces that some .have more than others; but I speak especially of special mercies; and indeed there are of these, that the visible church hath, besides the rest of the world, even the wicked among them; and, is they could, they should sing of these mercies; such as, their hearing the gospel, and the joysul sound; their getting the offer of Christ, and salvation through him: but I speak mainly of the special mercies,' that bear the stamp of his everlasting love towards his chosen and hidden ones: mercy bred in God's breast from all eternity, whereby he made choice of some of the sallen mass of mankind in Christ, who is the channel wherein this mercy does flow in various streams : and I shall mention a sew of these, for I there would be no end of speaking, to mention all that might be faid, or yet to enlarge upon all that may be mentioned.
1. There is the mercy of God, in sending Christ to be the Saviour. We sind the angels singing of this mercy, Luke ii. 11. 14. saying, "To you is born in the city of David, a Saviour: Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, arid good-will towards men." Qood-will »nd mercy towards man, because there is peace on earth, and reconciliation thro' Christ, who brings in glory to God in the highest; "God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in